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Saint Brendan's Market, Emmet Street, Birr, County Offaly
14819040
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Reg. No.14819040
Date1840 - 1850
Previous NameN/A
TownlandTOWNPARKS (BB. BY.)
CountyCounty Offaly
Coordinates206129, 205279
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch hall/parish hall
In Use Asmarket house
 
Description
Detached two-bay two-storey gable-fronted former church hall, built in 1845, flanked by crenellated entrances and with two-storey return, two-storey extension and entrance porch to north. Now used as a market. Set back from street. Pitched slate roof with rendered chimneystack, terracotta ridge tiles, timber bargeboards and cast-iron rainwater goods. Ruled-and-lined render to façade. Roughcast render to side elevations. Timber windows to façade with mullions, transoms, geometric glazing bars and stone sills. Timber sash and replacement windows to rear and side elevations. Entrance porch to north with crenellated parapet and rendered string course. Pointed-arched door opening with timber door. Similar entrance to south, allowing access to rear site. Site bounded to street by wrought- and cast-iron railings on a tooled limestone plinth.

Appraisal

Located opposite the Saint Brendan's Church of Ireland Church, this building's design competes for attention with the dramatic architectural setting of the church. Notable for its reticulated glazing bars and castellated entrances, the gable-fronted building is unique within the town. Further elements that enhance its individual character, are the timber bargeboards and finely executed railings. As a publicly used structure, Saint Brendan's Market is of worthy of its architectural and social significance.
 
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